Mike Conley and his badly swollen left eye looked on from the luxury suites before moving to the bench as the final seconds of the Memphis Grizzlies' first-round series win over the Portland Trail Blazers ticked down.
Whether he'll continue to watch on from afar remains a mystery.
Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds and the Grizzlies defeated the Blazers 99-93 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Conley underwent surgery Monday to repair multiple facial fractures after taking an inadvertent elbow in the third quarter of the Grizzlies' Game 3 win in Portland.
The southpaw provided an update of his status during an interview with TNT's Lewis Johnson during the first quarter. Conley stated that several metal plates were inserted into the area surrounding the eye
Coach Dave Joerger has said that Memphis' floor general could be out as little as a week or up as long as a month.
The fifth-seeded Grizzlies will face the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 1 is slated for Sunday in Oakland.